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Happy Christmas!

Hi everyone just a little update before Christmas! After a turbulent year of highs and lows, I am pleased to let you all know that we have a plan for the New Year. Our first show back will be at Addington. The rebuilding and development by the entire team has been second to none. It’s been a bit of a balancing act with exercise programmes, feeding regimes and a break in to the yard, which caused untold disruption and stress. However, as I am sure many of you know, it’s these moments that bring everyone together as a united front to step up and stay focused on the goals. The support I have had from everyone at the yard and at Baileys has kept me working hard through everything and I can’t wait to head out with my Baileys saddlecloths and jackets into a new year, new season and new start.
I will keep you all up to date and hope to bring a better start and finish to 2017!

First BE90

Hi everyone,
So this season has pushed us to the absolute limit of patience and belief in what we are doing. After the last Blog, Roofie and I were working really hard, doing a lot of fitness work and schooling. We managed to get some training in at Little Downham with Tina Ure and made some big steps forward in my mentality riding cross country. I began to use the concepts and ideas alongside the discipline, control and meticulous nature that my Coach, John Bowen, has pushed me to develop and maintain.
After all the hard work and effort we managed to complete our first BE90 at Horseheath. After a very good start in the dressage with a score of 29.0 and a clear show jumping we picked up time faults going across the country, which dropped us out of the placings. This was of no concern at this event due to the nature of training and development.
After Horseheath I booked into Burnham Market BE90. Unfortunately, whilst out on a hack one of the other horses kicked out and caught Roof in the hock. We have taken radiographs of the areas of concern and, although there are no signs of fractures, there is evidence of trauma and bruising. This has therefore put us out for the rest of the season. I am pleased to inform everyone though that Roof is back walking and we have had a few steps of trot, although a little premature - we can’t tell these horses to behave for their own good!
On a positive note I start my Course at Nottingham University at the end of the month. I will be training for the next two years to obtain my Advanced Certificate in Canine and Equine Physiotherapy with an additional year after to obtain my MSc qualification.
I will keep you up to date on Roof's progress and also little updates on my course.
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